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‘Throw out publicity interest litigations’

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 15, 2006

‘Throw out publicity interest litigations’


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SC tells HCs to ignore frivolous petitions, says PIL means public interest litigation and not private interest litigation or paise income litigation


New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said that most public interest litigations (PILs) are filed by people for the sake of publicity and asked high courts to ignore these petitions.

It has asked the high courts to throw out frivolous PILs imposing exemplary costs when there was material to show that such these petitions were nothing but “camouflage to foster personal disputes”.

A bench of judges Arijit Pasayat and Lokeshwar Singh Panta pronouncing the judgment on Wednesday said: “PIL which has now come to occupy an important field in the administration of law should not be ‘publicity interest litigation’ or ‘private interest litigation’ or ‘politics interest litigation’ or the latest trend ‘paise income litigation’.”

Upholding a judgment of the Allahabad High Court rejecting a petition as not maintainable, the bench said “PIL is a weapon which has to be used with great care and circumspection and the judiciary has to be extremely careful to see that behind the beautiful veil of public interest an ugly private malice, vested interest and/or publicity seeking is not lurking. It is to be used as an effective weapon in the armoury of law for delivering social justice to the citizens”.

The judges said “the court must not allow its process to be abused for oblique considerations by masked phantoms who monitor at times from behind. Some people with vested interests indulge in meddling with judicial process either by force of habit or from improper motives and try to bargain for a good deal as well to enrich themselves.

“Often they are actuated by a desire to win notoriety or cheap popularity. The petitions of such busy bodies deserve to be thrown out by rejection at the threshold, and in appropriate cases with exemplary costs.”

The bench regretted that though the SC in a number of cases had indicated the parameters of PIL, yet courts were entertaining such petitions and wasting valuable judicial time, which could be otherwise utilised for genuine cases.


One Response to “‘Throw out publicity interest litigations’”

  1. captainjohann said

    The apex court sat on a sunday to give bail to a reliance employee.
    Now what public interest is served in the ongoing tussle between Ramadoss and venugopal?It has taken somuch time of the apex court while a draft legislation on AIIMS is pending in the legislative department of loksabha from 1995!!!I wish some one has done a PIL on that legislation and why it is pending from 1995?The case involving the burning of mentallyill persons is languishing in supremcourt from 1998.

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